sfointern
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Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Wed Sep 12, 2001 2:39 pm

After a quick stint at the airport over the weekend, I couldn't help but notice the lack of activity throughout the airport. Indeed, traffic plunged systemwide for the US airlines in August. And 2001 itself has seen a dramatic turnaround in profits and traffic forecasts for the airlines.

I could not help but notice a lax, kind of restless attitude, among the idle airline and airport personnel. This seemed natural, as business was slow.

Might the terrorists have staged this attack precisely because of this trough of airline traffic? After all, labor day travels are over, and Tuesday (methinks) is traditionally the slowest day of the week.

With less traffic, security is likely to be less stringent, and perhaps the offenders saw this as a window of opportunity.

It seems ironic that workers would be more laid back and less strict about policy and enforcement when there are less customers. After all, one would think it is easier to serve the customer, and thus follow protocol. In my experience, though, customer service is much friendlier (read: lax in policy) when traffic is smooth.

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coboeing777
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RE: Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Wed Sep 12, 2001 2:42 pm

I doubt it. This is not something these sick people just thought up last week. This has to have been in the works for months if not years.
 
sfointern
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RE: Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Wed Sep 12, 2001 2:49 pm

I'm not trying to say this is something they just thought up last week. They could have prepared and been ready to strike at any given moment. Or --for the significance of this week's anniversaries-- they could have timed it deliberately.

Obviously, this was a well-thought out plan that took time to coordinate and devise.

Alls I'm trying to say is that this might have played part in the enemy logic.
 
milemaster
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RE: Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Wed Sep 12, 2001 2:52 pm

What I find "fishy" is that all four attempted hijackings were sucessful all in one day. It's amazing one got pulled off, but all 4!? What are the odds... not to mention all but one hit their targets.
 
sfointern
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RE: Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Thu Sep 13, 2001 9:42 am

In point of fact, a TIME article has verified that Tuesday is the slowest travel day of the week, and that this clearly factored into the terrorist's plans.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,174639,00.html

"Inside the Plot"
 
coboeing777
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RE: Timing Of Attacks Coincide With Slumping Travel

Thu Sep 13, 2001 9:54 am

Delta, I kinda see where you are coming from. I work at EWR and I just don't really see airport security being any less secure at any particular time than another. but if so I'd actually think they'd be more lax during busier times.....when its more hectic things are more likely to slip through the cracks. Wasnt trying to knock your idea if thats what ya thought..

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